word cloud above reveals the most common concepts I've emphasized to
date (based on the abstract and introduction text of all of my academic
papers). I work in the areas of resource and environmental
interested in problems involving decision-making
under uncertainty, learning, adaptive management and environmental risk. The methods I use include
Bayesian inference, Bayesian learning processes, dynamic control and
Recent and current projects include: combined bioeconomic and
quantitative genetic models for salmon biodiversity management;
mitigating invasive species risk from international trade; adaptive
of environmental risk; econometrics for decision-making applied to
potentially hazardous imports; analysis of greenhouse gas control
under uncertainty; voluntary policies for stormwater pollution
control; and a spatial analysis of voluntary participation in a green
building certification program (USGBC/LEED).
mussels, credit: USFWS
"A multi-armed bandit framework for adaptive management of invasive species risk." Revisions requested from Journal of Environmental Economics and Management.
risk assessment for invasion and disease risk in live animal trade"
(with Reuben P. Keller, Peter Daszak, Sarah Elwood, Christina M.
Romagosa, Carlos Zambrana-Torrelio). In submission.
"Epidemiological Economics Is Changing Infectious Disease Management"
(with Charles Perrings [lead author] and others). In submission.
"Closing the Screen Door to New Invasions" (with Reuben Keller [lead author]). Conservation Letters, forthcoming.
and the policy process in conservation monitoring" (James N.
Sanchirico [lead author], Mark W. Schwartz and Angela N. Doerr). Conservation Biology, forthcoming.
uncertain ecosystem services in a market" (with Boon-Ling Yeo, Juhwan
Lee and Johan Six). Journal of Environmental Economics and Management, forthcoming.
density projection approach for non-trivial information dynamics:
Adaptive management of stochastic natural resources" (with James N.
Sanchirico). Journal of Environmental Economics and Management, forthcoming.
experimentation to learn about a flow-pollutant threshold" (with Rolf
Groeneveld and Christopher Costello). Environmental and Resource Economics, forthcoming.
“Rationalizing international species trade through invasion risk assessment.” Invasive Species in a Globalized World, ed. R.P. Keller, M. Cadotte & G. Sandiford. University of Chicago Press, forthcoming.
"Closing the gap between risk estimation and decision-making:
efficient management of trade-related invasive species risk"
(with Robert Lieli). The Review of Economics and Statistics 95(2), 632–645, 2013.
"Bioeconomic forecasting of invasive species by ecological syndrome" (with John Schmidt and John Drake). Ecosphere 3(5), 2012.
total mercury flux through Yolo Bypass, the primary floodway and
wetland in the Sacramento Valley, California" (with Michael Bliss Singer
and Thomas Dunne) Science of the Total Environment 412, 203-213, 2011.
"The value of nonindigenous species risk assessment in
international trade" (with Reuben Keller and Christina Romagosa) Ecological Economics 70(11), 2145-2153, 2011.
See discussion of this article on Time.com: The Benefits of Stopping Invasive Species Before They Invade, by Bryan Walsh.
correlations in European socioeonomic conditions create a bias towards
conclusion that an invasion debt occurs" (Letter to the Editor, with
Reuben Keller) Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 108(25 E220), 2011.
"Emissions targets and the real business cycle" (with Carolyn Fischer) Journal of Environmental Economics
and Management 62(3), 352-366, 2011.
"Adaptive human behavior in epidemiological models" (with Eli Fenichel and others) Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 108(15), 6306-6311, 2011.
"How to Get There From Here: Ecological and Economic Dynamics of Ecosystem Service Provision" (with James N. Sanchirico). Environmental and Resource Economics, 48(2), 243-267, 2011.
random exploration for trade-related non-indigenous species risk" (with
Christopher J. Costello, and Peyton Ferrier). in Bioinvasions and Globalization: Ecology, Economics, Management, and Policy, ed. C. Perrings, H. Mooney and M. Williamson, Oxford University Press, Oxford, 2010.
"Unintended biological invasions: Does risk vary by trading partner?" (with Christopher J. Costello, Carol McAusland, and Andy Solow) Journal of Environmental Economics and Management, 54(3), 262-276, 2007.
Chinook Salmon painting, Ralph Martens
star thistle, credit USDA/Greb
anticipate accepting graduate students
through the graduate
group in ecology
Policy Area of Emphasis) for the fall of 2014. When
inquiring about graduate school at UC Davis, please include in your email a short
your academic and professional background (including economic and
classes), your academic interests, and a couple of sentences
on why you
are interested in attending graduate school. A solid
quantitative background (economics, mathematics and/or statistics) is
New for admissions in 2013 and 2014: You may want to consider applying for support as a trainee in our new NSF IGERT in Climate Change, Water and Society (CCWAS)
which "is designed to provide a new generation of scientists with the
disciplinary depth and the multidisciplinary breadth to address effects
of climate change on water resources, including unification of
hydrologic and climate science toward a more advanced understanding of
hydroclimatology and better translation of science into action."
Other environmental initiatives in the family: specializing in green windows in Austin, The Soco Studio is my brother Zack's effort to bring energy efficient windows to Texas.